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OAFP 5405 - Development economics

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Familiarity with basic statistical concepts and regression analysis is required.

Course Description

This class will survey the challenges faced by emerging economies, with the purpose of covering the main areas at the center of the debate in development economics. We will discuss the questions raised, the academic research on these questions, and the possible policy responses. This class will cover topics at the individual level (consumption, health and education) as well as at the firm level (contracts, technology, entrepreneurship). The class will go through both the empirical studies and the theoretical framework that relate to these topics. By the end of this class, students will be expected to be able to understand, evaluate, and design interventions in developing countries


DE ROCHAMBEAU, Golvine (Assistant professor)

Pedagogical format

Each session will focus on a different topic. We will discuss both theory and empirical evidence on this topic and students will have the opportunity to intervene. Students should be able to answer questions on required readings.

Course validation

Project: 50%; Final exam: 40%; Class participation: 10% Students will be asked to work on an intervention in a developing country, and design an evaluation method for the intervention. Students will work in small groups on the project. Each group will present the project in class and write a detailed report.


Students are expected to read the required readings before each class and to actively participate in class discussions. In addition, students should work on their project throughout the semester.

Required reading

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, 2011